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Removing curry smell from camera

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by sprocket87, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2011
    So this is an odd one.. I bought a used camera recently and it arrived in good condition, other than smelling strongly of curry. Not a huge deal, I understand people have different tastes and home environments, but every time I touch it the smell hits me pretty strong. Any ideas on how to get rid of the odor? Obviously I'd want to avoid any harmful chemicals in trying to clean it...
  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
  3. AlanU

    AlanU Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2012
    I'd put the camera in a small box filled with alot of shredded or hand ripped newspapers. Possibly put the camera in a permeable bag so it doesn't contact the paper dust directly. If you feel like it throw a sheet of bounce fabric softener.

    I'm saying give this a try because if you had a brand new rubbermaid container/storage tote with alot of plastic chemical off vapor the newspapers will absorb it sorta like baking soda in a fridge.

    The smell is probably both external and in the internal casing. Interesting......
  4. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    You could try putting it in a sealed container overnight with an open container of baking soda or coffee also inside the same sealed container (although the latter may result in an urge to drink coffee everytime you take photos :smile:) . Other than that, fresh air and time - I would leave it out of a camera bag and/or case as much as possible for a while.
  5. Boy777

    Boy777 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 3, 2014
    By my experience a ground coffee works best for strong smells removal.
  6. InlawBiker

    InlawBiker Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    That's an odd one. Maybe this will work... I bought a camera that smelled (reeked) of cigarette smoke once. It wasn't worth it to me to return although the smell bugged me. What I did was - nothing. I just left the camera out in a well ventilated area and the smell went away by itself in a couple of months.
  7. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Why would you want to get rid of the smell of curry? Yum! :biggrin:
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  8. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hunger may get in the road of picture taking... :p 

    I would just expose the smelly parts to some sunlight for a few hours and see if that can reduce the smell. Sunlight is pretty good at liberating organic molecules.
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  9. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Infuse it with opposing smell , like vanilla? :) 
  10. gr6825

    gr6825 Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 10, 2012
    Try activated charcoal. I think the smell will go away with time, but the charcoal may speed up the process. I bought a camera from a smoker one time, and it smelled very strongly of cigarette smoke for a few weeks.
  11. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
    Curry smell is coming from an essential oil that is covering the camera. Curry when cooked in oil or clarified butter produces an essential oil that accounts for the persistence of the smell. I doubt the above will work. White Vinegar is the cure for curry and the oil that is fouling your camera. I would

    1. Use a very lightly damp (with vinegar) cleaning cloth to lightly rub the camera body to remove the oil. I'd use a weathersealed lens while doing this. Don't get the camera wet. Damp is suffcient
    2. Do this two or three times and get all surfaces includin those behind the lcd.
    3. Then consider using one of the above home remedies. The activated charcoal is the most likely in my estimation to add to this solution...

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  12. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. The white vinegar suggestion was recommended elsewhere online too. I'm getting ready to go out of town so for now I will leave it in my office window in direct sunlight, hopefully that improves things by the time I return.
  13. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    Make sure your lens cap is on, and the LCD is pointing away from the sun!
  14. 350duser

    350duser Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 26, 2012
    Brisbane, QLD
    A reisling or shiraz would go well with a curry!!:smile:

    Just Kidding!!!

    The soda bicarb idea is a good one.
  15. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I would *not* leave it in direct sunlight. It doesn't need the heat or the UV. :( 
  16. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    I bought a stamp collection that smelt, fusty, due to coming out of a damp house. I put the albums in a sealed container of cat litter,
    really good for absorbing smells
  17. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Too dusty for a camera, though! :) 
  18. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Auto parts store have a smell eliminator spray that works pretty good. Put the cam is a big carboard box and spray the juice in there and close the box. Repeat a couple times over the course of a day or two. Then buy a new camera.
  19. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nor the EVF needing any UV (as it destroys some if adjusted to a certain dioptre strength & burns spots on the EVF display).
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